The Harry Potter Crochet a Long is coming to an end and I thought what better way to round it all up then to add some spells. I have two options for the banners on this afghan and I hope that at least one of them is to your liking.
First is my favorite and the one I have hooked up and added to my afghan, Expecto Patronum. Expecto Patronum is used to create your very own Patronus. This spell definitely comes in handy in those darker moments. I am doing mine in white with black letters but I cannot wait to see what others come up with.
You can download the Expecto Patronum Banner here…Expecto Patronum Banner by Crafty Ridge
The second option I made was Petrificus Totalus! This little spell will freeze your opponent into a petrified state. Perfect for those that get in your way.
You can grab this banner here…Petrificus Totalus Banner by Crafty Ridge
Just like in the previous squares instead of the common C2C method of double crochets and chain 3s, I used hdcs and only chained 2. Which means I chained 5 instead of 6 on the increase stitches. Doing this with a smaller H hook has my finished squares measuring approximately 15×15 inches and my banner will be the length of three squares across plus their border. Don’t forget to block your squares and banner before they are attached, this makes it much easier to line them up evenly. Also do a light blocking when your afghan is done. This will help to keep it nice and smooth and give it a great finished look that will last after washes.
After sewing my squares and banners together I did a row of hdc around the entire piece and then using the house colors I did a simple border. Using green I attached the yarn with a sc and then did a ch 1, sk 1, sc (repeat) and a sc, ch 2, sc in each corner around the afghan. I repeated this with the other house colors by doing the sc into the ch 1 of the previous row.
As always, you can check out my video tutorials at the top of the page, for short videos that show each step of working up a graph in c2c. For a longer video about the basic c2c check out the one by Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd!
To see the previous squares in the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL and more tips, tricks and tutorials just click here! These are the finished banners for the CAL, see previous posts for other patterns and tips and keep an eye out for some extra squares that you can add to your afghan or make pillows with.
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